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Difference between Tobacco and Herbal Shisha?

As shisha lovers, we all already know how many flavors we have the advantage to choose from and usually, there are two camps that we fall into; 1) Tobacco Shisha and 2) Herbal Tobacco Shisha. After choosing which one we want from the above two, we then dive into the ocean of flavors but usually, people fail to recognize the difference between Tobacco Shisha and Herbal shisha but fear not because we are here to shed some light and eliminate the weird but common misconceptions about these two so you can order the next time you meet your friends without hesitation!


What does Tobacco Shisha contain?

It’s no surprise that tobacco shisha actually contains tobacco so keeping that ingredient aside, we’ll show you a list of ingredients that are used to make this particular type of shisha and how does it affect our body. Shisha tobacco is precisely a combination of tobacco mixed down in molasses and added flavored with fruit flavors. Shisha smoke contains huge amounts of nicotine as we already know but it also contains carbon monoxide, tar, and other toxins that are toxic to our body. The nicotine concentration is low than that it is actually been alarmed for cigarettes (i.e, 13.8 mg/g tobacco; average, 9.8–18.2). It is to be kept in mind that no matter how much water you add to lower the level of intoxicants, the water in the shisha does not remove any of the toxins. So we have established that like cigarettes, Tobacco Shisha contains nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide, and heavy metals, such as arsenic and lead.


How does all of this affect our body?

.Here’s how: In the short term, Tobacco Shisha smoking raises blood pressure and heart rate, which may increase or lead to the risk of heart attack and stroke. And if we talk about the long-term effect, Tobacco shisha smoking can also play a part to set a trigger for a variety of cancers, heart disease, and lung disease.

Tobacco shisha smokers are at risk for many of the same illnesses as cigarette smokers, such as oral cancer, lung cancer, stomach cancer, and esophageal cancer. And not only this, but this type of shisha can also be linked with decreased lung function and heart disease, and it can harm fertility.

Let’s not forget the many, many problems that can be caused by secondhand smoke. If you’re in the room with a lit tobacco shisha water pipe, you’re breathing in cancer-causing toxins just as with secondhand cigarette smoke. You might not be as affected as the person smoking but you’re not far away as well.


What does Herbal Shisha contain?

After reading all the above articles you might think herbal shisha is safer and healthier and hey, we aren’t disagreeing. If you compare Herbal shisha to Tobacco Shisha, then obviously Herbal shisha will be less toxic but that doesn’t mean it has little to no effect but before we jolt down to what it does to our body, let’s talk about some main ingredients which Herbal Shisha contains that makes it different from tobacco shisha.

With the immense growth of shisha consumption, the shisha market tries to come back with a bigger variety of products. Many hookah/shisha smokers are now turning towards herbal shisha for something new, based on personal preference, or other opinions. And the fact that there are now several brands producing tobacco-free shisha proves how advanced we are getting. From a very well-known company called Hydro Herbal to the newer herbal lines from Al Fakher and Fantasia all are in for the serious competition.

Herbal molasses gives the entire flavor, including the massive clouds of shisha tobacco that every shisha lover desires but without the nicotine, which obviously makes it an attractive choice for people who want to enjoy a long, healthy, and flavorful session of shisha. Commonly used and very well-known ingredients for herbal shisha include sugar cane fiber and tea leaves, which are then later mixed with the sweet honey, molasses (being tobacco-free, herbal molasses is made from different ingredients than normal flavored tobacco like a combination of glycerin and other less harmful ingredients) and then in the very last comes flavoring.


How does all of this affect our body?

Even after it is processed through water, the smoke from a hookah has high levels of these toxic agents. Hookah tobacco and smoke contain several toxic agents known to cause lung, bladder, and obviously, the very well-known and common, oral cancers. The after effects from shisha can irritate the mouth and play a part in increasing the risk of developing oral cancers. However it does not give you ‘the buzz’ because it does not have nicotine but it does play an active part in light headaches, coughing, and stomachache.

‘The notion that a water pipe is smokeless is completely untrue. If it were, the air quality in these cafes would have none of the harmful constituents—but they do,’ said Kindzierski, an air quality expert and associate professor in the School of Public Health.


In conclusion & the promised misconception
(with a secret promised tip, tried and tested tip from us to you!)

So it is true that Herbal Shisha might not be as harmful as Tobacco Sheesh but that doesn’t mean that it’s all healthy and safe! A common misconception is that by adding water you can make the Shisha less harmful which, again, is no less than a misconception indeed! Like we explained in our article, adding or removing the water does not decrease the effects at all. However, here’s a cool tip that we’ve heard good reviews about, and needless to say it’s our tried and tested’ tip. If you want to smoke herbal shisha but you still crave the buzz and want to have the buzz, then try out the secret of adding/mixing the shisha with a little bit of regular shisha tobacco. Use this technique and enjoy, let it be our secret!